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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Walter Reed Closing Ceremony Lowers Flag For Last Time

The military hospital that has tended to privates and patients for more than a century is closing its doors. There was a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center today -- signaling its imminent closure.

Marion Barry's Son Pleads Guilty

The son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Virginia Considers Banning Winter Crab Harvest For Another Year

Virginia is considering extending a ban on harvesting crabs in winter for a fourth year in a row, and the public will get to weigh in on that plan later this summer.

West Nile Virus Shows Up In District

The West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in the District, and officials are warning people to take precautions.

Mount Ranier Cop Indicted For Attemped Murder

Gene Gillette, a police officer in Mount Rainier, Md., is due in court today after being indicted for attempted murder and sex offense charges in relation to a shooting in Capitol Heights earlier this month.

9/11 Memorials Prepare For 10-Year Anniversary

Managers of the memorial sites to the 9/11 terrorist attacks are now preparing for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, and some of them gathered at the National Building Museum last night to talk about the challenges of creating something both timely and timeless.

Debt Ceiling: Va. Governor Urges Lawmakers To Find Common Ground

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says a federal default will cause the Commonwealth to lose its AAA bond rating for the first time in 75 years.

Outside Planned Parenthood, Client Escorts And Abortion Opponents Clash

Each day, women walk into abortion clinics in the District. Some seek advice; others will enter and terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Almost all will be approached by someone who will try to persuade them not to enter the clinic, and one local group is trying to counter that effort.

Heat Wave Killed 3 People In Maryland Last Week

The heat wave that oppressed the D.C. area for most of last week killed three people in Maryland, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: So Many Debt Limit Plans, So Little Time

Talks on the debt limit negotiations are largely stalled, as Democrats and Republicans now work on their own separate plans. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talks with WAMU All Things Considered host Pat Brogan about the current status of talks.

New School Site Selection Angering Many In Montgomery County

Council members in Montgomery County are getting involved in a little-recognized but very contentious debate: how the sites for new school buildings are chosen. Now, the council is trying to determine what authority it has over the site selection process.

Redskins Return To Work

With the end of the NFL lockout, the Washington Redskins are back to work.

Minister Is On A Mission To Help The Anacostia River

The Anacostia River is eight miles long and home to a diversity of birds and fish. These days, however, you're more likely to spot a soda bottle floating downstream than a sturgeon, shad or striped bass. But one local minister is on a mission to save the river.

Va. Governor Visits Alexandria to Sign "Ashley's Law"

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Alexandria today for the ceremonial signing of "Ashley's Law" - named after a local resident killed in a traffic accident in 2008.

D.C. Charter Schools Chair Talks Test Scores, Discrimination Allegations

Approximately forty percent of children in the District attend charter schools -- institutions financed by public funds but not subject to the same rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools. Brian Jones, chairman of D.C.'s public charter school board, sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about school test scores, the choices the schools provide, and allegations of discrimination.

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